WISIONS of Sustainability
The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.
Meet the WISIONS Team at EURELECTRIC Conference
News from WISIONS posted on February 24th, 2016
This includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an inter-governmentally agreed set of objectives relating to international development, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals once these expire at the end of 2015. To “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” is one of the agreed SDGs.
Electricity is a precondition for economic development. Yet today, 1.2 billion people in the world still have no access to electricity. Action is thus urgently needed. Improving access to low carbon electricity means bringing energy independence and security to vulnerable countries, while also providing an important tool in the battle against climate change. The European electricity sector is fully committed to fulfilling these fundamental development and environmental needs. As the world energy demand grows day by day, low carbon electricity will provide an important opportunity to satisfy such demand in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner.
Representatives from public and private sectors, as well as the EU institutions and NGOs, will be invited to EULECTRIC CONFERENCE to discuss and engage in frank discussions on the EU’s strategy and efforts with regard to providing access to electricity in developing countries, in the context of the outcome of the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris and the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals. This will prove an excellent opportunity for stakeholders to exchange views on the role of the EU, the European electricity industry’s best practices as well as financing instruments.
7th International Sustainability Transitions (IST) Conference
News from WISIONS posted on January 14th, 2016
The conference is the annual platform for sharing theoretical, empirical and practical advances in the field of sustainability transitions, covering a broad range of areas (e.g. energy, water, mobility, food systems) and disciplinary approaches.
The theme of IST 2016 is "Exploring Transitions Research as Transformative Science" and we aim to focus on impact and solution-oriented research approaches that enable transitions in practice. We invite contributions that address the following questions:
- How can we assess the societal impact of transitions research?
- What are the common challenges, best practice and future prospects in transdisciplinary research approaches, such as real-world laboratories, LivingLabs, transition experiments etc.?
We invite contributions focusing on key issues in the field of sustainability transitions research, such as urban transitions, the geography of transitions, the governance of transitions, business and entrepreneurship perspectives on transitions, innovation and institutional change and transition modeling – as well as all issues linked to the research agenda of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN).
For further information please see the attached Call for Papers, which can be downloaded from the conference website.
We want to make IST 2016 a very practical transition experience and we would be delighted to welcome you to Wuppertal and to our urban real-world lab with its many exciting projects and initiatives. We look forward to an engaging and impactful IST 2016.
7th annual RedBioLAC Conference in Santiago de Chile
News from WISIONS posted on December 1st, 2015
The event started with an introductory course on anaerobic digestion and its small and medium scale applications. The course was attended by more than 70 people from different sectors, ranging from government officials and private entrepreneurs to NGO practitioners and students. Over two intensive working days, RedBioLAC experts guided the participants through the principles of anaerobic digestion and the crucial aspects to consider in its application, as well as imparting wide-ranging practical knowledge on specific applications, such as the treatment of domestic wastewater and organic solid waste and the integration of anaerobic digestion into agricultural production systems. On the third day the participants had the opportunity to visit two project sites and interact with developers and operators of biogas plants installed near Santiago.
Over the last two days of the conference, scientists and practitioners presented up-to-date developments in the application of anaerobic digestion in Latin America and the Caribbean. The presentations covered technical issues (e.g. substrate characterisation, management of effluents and uses of biogas) and case studies on specific applications (e.g. treatment of organic solid waste and waste water), as well as conditions for biogas sector development (e.g. regulations, national networks and promotional programmes). Particularly interesting were the contributions from several Chilean speakers, which illustrated how the still nascent but already dynamic Chilean biogas sector is targeting the application of the technology on a small and medium scale.
The complete documentation of the event (course materials and presentations) will soon be available at Energypedia (the event's media partner) and also on RedBioLAC's website. A photo album of the conference is available on Facebook here.